On March 6th 2019, before ACAV was a twinkle in anyone’s eye, I worked with a legal friend to put in three Freedom of Information Requests to Parks Victoria. We requested impact studies relating to Grampians rock climbing along with all relevant rock climbing related communications with Aboriginal Victoria and Traditional Owners.
Now, six months later we received a response to the third and final FOI request.
What is going on in our government agencies when they can get away with this flagrant contravention of the Freedom of Information Act 1982?
This response is 5 months late and only two out of 172 relevant pages are provided in full.
This is the decision letter
This is the “information”
Our legal boffins will pick the bones out of this meagre information and we may come up with a few avenues of opportunity to encourage Parks Victoria to protect the Grampians properly in the future. Putting up a handful of signs banning climbers does not protect cultural and environmental values.
We have all seen the damage that continues to be done by day-visitors and feral animals. Come on Parks Victoria – we have a raft of environmental initiatives that you have so far ignored.
Eagle eyed ACAV members are welcome to assist and comment.
We will ensure that our government agencies are held to account, one way or another. This is my new favourite word:
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